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Bill Sharman dies at 87; basketball legend and former Lakers coach
Bill Sharman dies at 87; basketball legend and former Lakers coach

The Lakers had plenty of talent when Bill Sharman showed up as their new coach in the summer of 1971. The Hall of Fame lineup included a towering Wilt Chamberlain at center, flanked by Jerry West and Gail Goodrich. What the team lacked — after years of close misses — was a championship banner. A fiercely competitive Sharman changed that. "There's a right coach for the right team and the right personnel," West recalled. "And Bill was certainly the right coach for us." Sharman — who died Friday at 87 — will be remembered as the man who molded the Lakers into an elite franchise, guiding the 1971-72 squad to a historic 33 consecutive...

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